Intern Update – July 2014
Our Bee IPM Apicultural Specialist Intern, Jamie Lee, has been busy since the start of her internship in July! During her internship with Bee IPM, Jamie will explore the interest of queen breeders and queen producers in BC to engage in efforts to increase the quantity and quality of locally produced queens in BC, and to utilize Bee IPM tools for selective breeding.
Jamie has been introduced to the Bee IPM team and has been working with Liz Huxter, queen breeder collaborator, in Grand Forks, BC. She is currently assisting with the establishment, evaluation and transport of research colonies. Read more about the transportation of colonies from Grand Forks to the UBC Farm here.
She is also assisting in a collaboration between Liz Huxter, the UBC team and Dr. Jeff Pettis of USDA that will look at the sub-lethal effect of pesticides on honey bee’s natural defenses against pathogens. Read the announcement here.
On July 7th, Jamie shared with g.e@ubc and Bee IPM her experiences in Ontario, where she was first introduced to the bee world and bee research. Honey bee health is an issue that she has been actively studying for the past two years, and she is honored to continue this journey as a part of the Bee IPM research project.
“The fact that g.e@ubc initiates, facilitates and supports these multi-disciplinary interactions is truly unique and so valuable!” Dr. Marta Guarna, Scientific Director, Bee IPM.